Fourth-seeded Bishop Heelan Catholic got a walk-off single from Colin Kasperbauer in the eighth inning to beat Solon 3-2 in a Class 3A quarterfinal-round game Tuesday afternoon at Principal Park.
In the first inning, Bishop Heelan took advantage of two walks before Hunter Hope and Elijah Hazekamp drove in two runs to open the game and make it 2-0.
Solon’s Kendrick Harris gave a ball a ride to left field in the fourth inning, but Tommy Schiltz had a great read and made a nice play to keep the game at 2-0.
Solon was threating in the fifth and had runners on third and first, but Bishop Heelan pitcher Christian Velasquez got out of the jam to keep the score 2-0.
Luke Ira opened the top of the sixth inning with a triple off the center field wall and was driven in by Tyler Linderbaum to make the game 1-0. The Spartans were not done scoring when Adam Bock ripped a single to right which scored Linderbaum to knot the game at 2-2.
The game progressed into extra innings and Solon had the bases loaded with only one out in the top of the eighth but couldn’t get a run across and left the door open for Bishop Heelan.
Solon pitcher Cam Miller had a great outing, but was removed due to his pitch count in the top of the eighth inning and Bishop Heelan drew two walks off the relief pitcher. Not only did Kasperbauer earn the win in relief, he also ripped the walk-off single into right field to record Bishop Heelan’s first extra -inning win at the state tournament by a score of 3-2.
Bishop Heelan will advance to the state semifinals to play on Friday.
Solon will end its season with a 32-11 record.